For a unique blend of hardcore and lighthearted outdoor recreation for all ages, don’t miss the 11th annual Gunnison River Festival on June 19 – 23. The event kicks off on June 19 with a River Film Event hosted by Crested Butte Film Festival at I Bar Ranch, located adjacent to Tomichi Creek in Gunnison. Several short films and a feature film will be shown in the ranch’s open-sided, covered barn. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Dinner and beverages also will be available.
Thursday, June 20 - Embark in an adventure at the Black Canyon. The Gunnison River Festival will guide visitors for a Morrow Point Boat Tour with transportation to and from the Gunnison Community Center. Pre-registration for this event is required due to limited seating. Plan to be on the tour from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Cost is $12/person. To pre-register contact the Gunnison Community Center, 970-641-8060 or stop in 200 East Spencer, Gunnison, Colorado.
Festival happenings continue with the Gunnison River Festival Extravaganza on July 21 at Legion Park, starting at 6 p.m. Registration, information about the weekend, a beer garden and live music for the public will usher in the water activities for the weekend. The entertaining evening will kickoff with local band Rx Flannel and then Musteteer Gripweed takes the stage during the Summer Solstice sunset.
For a full slate of river activities, head to Gunnison Whitewater Park on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. A fly casting accuracy challenge, competitive down river raft race, community float, canine big air competition, kayak competition, boater cross, inflatable rodeo, river board/stand up paddling comp, and hooligan build-your-own boat race are planned. There also will be a kids’ zone with entertaining and educational options. The community float is another great chance for all ages to get on the water.
On Sunday, the festival moves to nearby Curecanti National Recreation Area for flat water action starting at 8 a.m. A stand up paddle board race, kayak/canoe flat paddle race, 1 mile open water swim competition and canine paddle ensure a memorable day for humans and their furry friends.
For more information, registration and a schedule, visit www.gunnisonriverfestival.com or call (970) 901-6215.
Event Category: Children's Event, Competition/Race, Fair/Festival, Nature/Outdoors
Facility Amenities: Concessions, Parking on site, Pets on Leash Allowed
Guest Information: Family-friendly
On-site Activities: Athletic Participation, Children's Activities, Live Music, Sports Viewing
Payment Methods: Cash
Rate Information: Free Admission
Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Adults (21+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)
Gunnison River Festival
Gunnison White Water Park
Gunnison, CO 81230